Pharos-Tribune

April 22, 2013

7-year-old won’t face charges

School and family reached agreement, prosecutor says.

by Sarah Einselen
Pharos-Tribune

— A 7-year-old Logansport boy won’t be charged with battery after his arrest for punching his teacher in the nose, the Cass County prosecutor said.

Police preliminarily charged the Franklin Elementary School kindergarten student with battery after a Feb. 27 incident. The child was suspended from school until a March 13 case conference in which his mother, Brandi Velasquez, met with school officials and representatives from the Family Opportunity Center.

After receiving a subsequent intake report, Prosecutor Kevin Enyeart said, he’d determined he wouldn’t press charges or make an informal adjustment against the child.

“The school and the mother have reached an agreement on their own and there will be no further involvement either from me or the Family Opportunity Center at this point,” Enyeart said.

Velasquez said she was excited, “because I told them I’d sell everything in my house to get a lawyer” if circumstances required.

On March 18, the student started attending Landis Elementary, Velasquez said. He stays in a special education class full time and is accompanied at all times by an aide or student helper.

“He’s done wonderful since he’s been there,” she said.

Her two other children, a 10-year-old girl and a younger boy, still attend Franklin Elementary.

The 7-year-old boy has a history of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, autism and psychosis.

An academic evaluation for autism did not result in an autism-spectrum diagnosis for academic purposes, said Velasquez, but ruled he had “other health impairments,” a category that includes ADHD and ODD.

Sarah Einselen is news editor for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at sarah.einselen@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5151.

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